The draw for the remaining quarter finals in the NatWest Schools Cup competitions was made today.
Through Facebook Live on the England Rugby Facebook Page, Nick Heath presented the draw for the U18 Vase, U18 Bowl, and all four U15 competitions, with RFU Director of Professional Rugby, former England scrum half Nigel Melville, drawing the names from the bowl.
The U18 Cup semi finals were already known, they take place on Saturday 4th March at Allianz Park and will see Bishop Wordsworth’s take on a Bromsgrove side chasing a third title in a row. The other semi final sees Feslted play Warwick, who have a stunning recent record in the U15 competition, which they will be hoping may bear fruit at senior level this year.
The U18 Plate has been a little tricky to follow this year, but the semi finals, also taking place at Allianz Park on the 4th March, are just about confirmed. Lymm High School will face Solihull, while Reigate Grammar School will play the winner of Hills Road v Crossley Heath.
The U18 Vase is at the quarter final stage now and was the last of the six competitions to be drawn today. Heading the quarter finals are St George’s College Weybridge, they will face The Perse from Cambridge. Next out of the hat were former Vase winners, Trent College, who will be playing Worksop College.
The bottom half of the draw sees Silcoates, unbeaten in 22 games, host Seevic College, while Royal Latin face Taunton in an all South West affair.
Despite being the bottom competition, the U18 Bowl features some big names. Quarter final 1 sees St Olave’s Grammar host Lord William’s, while in QF 2 Bolton School welcome QEHS Gainsborough. Quarter final three brings us to the South East, where Woodbridge host Wycliffe College. The last quarter final sees Gordon’s host former U18 Cup finalists, Old Swinford Hospital.
There were some huge potential match-ups in the U15 Cup draw, and plenty of them turned up. St Peter’s York were first out of the hat, and they will be up against either Dean Close or last year’s finalists, Wellington College. The side that beat Wellington that day, Sedbergh, will host either Churcher’s College or Whitgift. Warwick have been stunning in the U15 Cup in the last three or four years, and will be hoping to get to Twickenham once again. They host Langley in their quarter final. At the bottom of the draw, Ivybridge Community College, who look very good this year, will travel to the winner of Hurstpierpoint College v Dulwich College.
The U15 Plate sees a number of games that ordinarily would not occur, such as the first game out of the hat, Richard Lander v St Paul’s. Next up was St Albans v Dame Allan’s, a long trip down to Hertfordshire for the Newcastle side. Bishop Vesey’s host Sir Thomas Rich’s in what looks like a fixture that could be a classic, while Wirral Grammar will travel to Seaford College.
All but one of the eight U15 Vase quarter finalists was confirmed ahead of the draw. Quarter final one sees Beaufort Academy host Dr Challoner’s, while quarter final two sees St Lawrence College welcome Welland Park Academy. Third on the lists sees Thomas Hardye at home again either Wallington County Grammar or Mill Hill. In the final quarter final, Ashville College host Bridgewater High School.
The U15 Bowl has two confirmed lineups, while the top of the draw is awaiting a couple of late last 16 ties. Quarter final one sees St James’ host the winner of Dorothy Stringer and Hinchley Wood. Quarter final two is also yet to be finalised, King Henry VIII Coventry are at home to the winner of either Beth’s Grammar or Colchester Grammar. In the third on the list, Wooton Upper make the trip to King’s Priory, with Pocklington hosting Clevedon in the last quarter final on the list.
Across all competitions, the semi finals will sees the winners of Quarter Final 1 play the winner of Quarter Final 2, with the other semi final, naturally, seeing the winners of Quarter Final 3 play the winners of Quarter Final 4.
NatWest Cup Quarter Final/Semi Final Draws:
Bishop Wordsworth’s v Bromsgrove
Felsted v Warwick
Reigate GS v Hills Road/Crossley Heath
Lymm HS v Solihull
St George’s College, Weybridge v The Perse
Trent College v Worksop College
Silcoates v Seevic College
Royal Latin v Taunton
St Olave’s GS v Lord William’s
Bolton v QEHS Gainsborough
Woodbridge v Wycliffe College
Gordon’s v Old Swinford Hospital
St Peter’s, York v Dean Close/Wellington College
Sedbergh v Churcher’s College/Whitgift
Warwick v Langley
Hurstpierpoint College/Dulwich College v Ivybridge Community College
Richard Lander v St Paul’s
St Albans v Dame Allan’s
Bishop Vesey’s v Sir Thomas Rich’s
Seaford College v Wirral GS
Beaufort Academy v Dr Challoner’s GS
St Lawrence College v Welland Park Academy
Thomas Hardye v Wallington CGS/Mill Hill
Ashville College v Bridgewater HS
St James’ Senior Boys School v Dorothy Stringer/Hinchley Wood
King Henry VIII, Coventry v Beth GS/Colchester GS
King Priory v Wooton Upper
Pocklington v Clevedon